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European Interlude

Operated by: Trafalgar

17 Days from $4,625 per person
Cologne and the Rhine River at dusk, Germany

Countries Visited

Netherlands, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France ...more Netherlands, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France

Locations Visited

Amsterdam, London, Brussels, Mannheim, Boppard, Innsbruck, Vienna, Salzburg, Mestre, Venice, Rome, Florence, Lucerne, Paris ...more Amsterdam, London, Brussels, Mannheim, Boppard, Innsbruck, Vienna, Salzburg, Mestre, Venice, Rome, Florence, Lucerne, Paris
  1. Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)

    Welcome to the British capital - a city that effortlessly combines old and new. Spend your day exploring the bustling streets, acquainting yourself with the verve of a global capital that embraces its fascinating past.

    hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Islington
  2. Day 2 London Sightseeing and Free Time

    London's historic landmarks are brought to life on your morning sightseeing tour with a 'Local Specialist', including views of Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. Spend free time this afternoon strolling through the city's Royal Parks, shopping up a storm in Knightsbridge or visiting one of the world-class museums.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 London – Eurostar™ – Amsterdam

    Set forth on an unforgettable journey capturing the highlights of Europe from Amsterdam to Vienna, Paris to Rome. This morning meet your Travel Director before boarding the Eurostar™ high-speed train to Brussels. Journey through the lush Belgian and Dutch countryside to Amsterdam where we will spend tonight. This evening get to know the historic centre of this beautiful city, joining your new travel companions and Travel Director on a glass-topped boat, gliding through the canals as you enjoy a light dinner and welcome drink.

    meals Breakfast, Welcome Reception
    hotel Mercure City
  4. Day 4 Amsterdam – Cologne – Rhine Cruise – Rhineland

    We travel to Germany this morning to visit one of Europe's most important places of pilgrimage and the final resting place of the Three Wise Men, Cologne Cathedral. Winding our way down the Rhine River from Boppard to St. Goar, we pass hilltop castles, medieval towns and vineyard-clad hills. We spend tonight in the Rhineland and dine at our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Mercure am Rathaus
  5. Day 5 Rhineland – Munich – Innsbruck

    Travel through the Swabian Alps to the Bavarian capital of Munich where we will enjoy an orientation of the city to view the Marienplatz, the heart of the city since the 12th century. Watch the bright sunlight glint on Innsbruck's Golden Roof and marvel at the 18th-century Baroque Cathedral of St. Jakob's. Admire the fascinating crystal installations and browse for precious gifts and souvenirs at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store before you 'Connect With Locals' and join the Albert family on their farm near Innsbruck for a 'Be My Guest' dinner prepared by chef Gottfried.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Grauer Bär
  6. Day 6 Innsbruck – Salzburg – Vienna (2 Nights)

    Waltz into the scenic city of Salzburg, and enjoy a walking tour with your 'Local Specialist' to delve into the city's major landmarks. We continue to the imperial city of Vienna.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Roomz Prater
  7. Day 7 Vienna Sightseeing Free Time

    Explore Baroque splendour on your morning sightseeing tour with a 'Local Specialist' who will share the sights and sounds of this truly beautiful city. View the Opera House, Stadtpark, Parliament and the Hofburg, once the centre of the powerful Habsburg Empire. This afternoon is yours to soak up the elegant coffee culture of Vienna. Indulge in a slice of delicious sachertorte and coffee served with cream, shop on the trendy Kärntnerstrasse or delve into the fascinating musical heritage of a city that was once home to such greats as Beethoven, Brahms and Haydn. Perhaps consider joining an Optional Experience to the opulent Schönbrunn Palace before spending your evening at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Vienna – Venice (2 Nights)

    Journey to the heart of the magnificent Austrian Alps, past the Austrian Lake District and over the Italian border into the fertile Veneto Plains. We arrive in the romantic island city of Venice later where we'll have some free time this evening. Consider exploring the canals of Venice from the comfort of a traditional gondola.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Novotel Mestre Castellana
  9. Day 9 Venice Orientation and Free Time

    We travel to Giudecca Island where we'll 'Dive Into Culture' and witness the centuries-old craft of Venetian glassblowing. Take to the city's waters for an exploration of its rich heritage. Admire the beautiful Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs before enjoying time at leisure to soak up the romantic atmosphere of the 'Queen of the Adriatic'.

    meals Breakfast
  10. Day 10 Venice – Rome (2 Nights)

    We leave Venice, travelling through the Po Valley and over the Apennines to the 'Eternal City' of Rome, where we will spend the next two nights. Enjoy an evening discovering the effervescent spirit of a city that never sleeps and embrace la dolce vita around every turn.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Cardinal St Peter
  11. Day 11 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

    Venture to the centre of Christianity this morning and join your 'Local Specialist' to see Michelangelo's Pietà. Cross the Tiber River to Ancient Rome to see the Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or consider an Optional Experience to view the spectacular frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

    meals Breakfast
  12. Day 12 Rome – Florence Sightseeing

    The scenic beauty of Tuscany is our constant companion as we journey north to the beautiful city of Florence. Here we'll explore Renaissance heritage, art and architecture on a guided walking tour with a 'Local Specialist'. View the exquisite marble Duomo and Baptistery, with its famous bronze doors, and visit the Piazza della Signoria, once the political hub of this once 'Free Republic'. View the Ponte Vecchio bridge with its centuries-old shopfronts before spending the afternoon at leisure. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city's historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. You'll have some free time later to perhaps visit the Boboli Gardens or see great works by great masters at the Uffizi Gallery.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Nilhotel
  13. Day 13 Florence – Lucerne (2 Nights)

    Drive north past Lake Lugano, we wind our way along the scenic St. Gotthard route through the snow-capped Alps to Lucerne. The evening is yours to enjoy the laid-back lakeside atmosphere or perhaps savour in the rich buttery flavours of cheese fondue during a traditional Swiss folklore evening.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Astoria
  14. Day 14 Lucerne Orientation and Free Time

    Visit the mournful mortally wounded lion hewn from rock to commemorate the sacrifice made by the Swiss Guard during the French Revolution and the flower- lined wooden Chapel Bridge spanning the Reuss. Spend the rest of your day admiring the colourful façades of the Old Town Lucerne or enjoy an Optional Experience to one of the surrounding peaks for panoramic views.

    meals Breakfast
  15. Day 15 Lucerne – Paris (2 Nights)

    From Lucerne, we cross into France and journey through the rolling vineyards of Burgundy before arriving in Paris. The City of Light shines brightly this evening and is yours to explore at leisure. Perhaps watch the pageantry of a traditional Parisian Cabaret, stroll along the Seine admiring the city's exquisite architecture or relax at a bistro enjoying the city's delicious gourmet scene.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Pullman La Défense
  16. Day 16 Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

    Join a 'Local Specialist' for a morning sightseeing tour to see the iconic sights of Paris, including the Place de la Concorde, Champs Élysées and the Eiffel Tower. View Notre Dame Cathedral and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. This evening, we celebrate a memorable holiday with our newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  17. Day 17 Depart Paris

    Today bid adieu to your fellow travellers and Travel Director at the end of your memorable holiday. An airport transfer is available. Conditions apply.
    Complimentary London Return - guests are welcome to return to London by Trafalgar motor coach at no extra cost. Additional accommodation will be required as arrival in London will be late afternoon/early evening. Please speak to your Travel Agent about this at time of booking.

    meals Breakfast
European Interlude
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 16 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel
  • Ferry across the Channel from Calais to Dover
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Eurostar high-speed train tickets from London to Brussels
  • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details
  • Handcrafted Highlights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • SCENIC CRUISE through Amsterdam's canals and along the Rhine River
  • ORIENTATION of Amsterdam, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice and Lucerne
  • SEE the Lorelei Rock, Lake Lugano and the Vineyards of Burgundy
  • VIEW the castles of the Rhine Valley, the ancient sites of Rome, the Swiss Alps, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and the White Cliffs of Dover
  • VISIT Cologne Cathedral and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


Viennese Dinner with Musical Entertainment

Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant, with drinks and traditional musical entertainment included. A unique experience in one of Europe’s most elegant cities.
Adult Price: € 63

Schönbrunn Palace And Gardens

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Habsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly decorated with treasures from around the globe. Each room has a story to tell, so of course, you’ll have a Local Specialist to bring it to life and to make the most of your time. This optional involves reservations and entrance prepayments. Should you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: € 47

Viennese Concert

You’ll enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese classical music including some of the most famous works of Strauss and Mozart, performed by some of the most highly acclaimed soloists and dancers in Austria. You’ll receive 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine during the interval. Please note: on occasion, a small gift will be offered in place of a glass of sparkling wine.
Adult Price: € 58

Dinner And Viennese Concert

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! Enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. Works by Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be performed and your 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine or juice during the interval will only enhance the experience. Please note: on occasion, a small gift will be offered in place of a glass of sparkling wine.
Adult Price: € 103

Gondolas & the Grand Canal

On arrival in Venice, a private boat will be waiting to take you to St Mark's Square, where you’ll enjoy a gondola ride while being serenaded by local musicians. Later, private water taxis will take you along Venice's Grand Canal, where you’ll admire the magnificent palazzos and Rialto Bridge.
Adult Price: € 70

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious meal with a selection of drinks on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-colored houses – a real photographer's paradise.
Adult Price: € 72

Hidden Venice & St. Mark's Basilica

Experience magnificent St. Mark’s Basilica and its glittering gold mosaics the best way possible – with VIP entrance and a Local Specialist! Then delve into the city’s labyrinth of back alleys and canals, bridges and secret squares – enchanting neighborhoods that you would never find on your own, all explained and brought to life by a true Venetian!
Adult Price: € 34


Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Starting with a lovely drive and continuing on foot, you'll discover hidden backstreets, piazzas and fountains of the 'Eternal City' with a Local Specialist. Along the way, you'll marvel at the timeless Pantheon, the best-preserved Roman temple in the world. Many additional highlights are revealed on this relaxed tour that also offers free time in a gorgeous Baroque square with street artists, trattorias and gelaterias!
Adult Price: € 33

Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

We skip the lines at the Vatican Museums for a tour with our Local Specialist that shows not just remarkable works of art collected and commissioned over the history of the Papacy, but also Michelangelo’s amazing ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Later, we hear fascinating tales of gladiatorial combat and more on our visit to the Colosseum, again with time-saving VIP entrance.
Adult Price: € 84

Roman Delights With Dinner

Spend an evening getting to know Rome. We’ll take you via coach where you’ll have the chance to see some of the city’s much-loved sights. Afterward, you’ll enjoy a delicious light dinner of Italian specialties, alongside local music and drinks.
Adult Price: € 51

Roman Evening with Dinner

This easy-going evening in Rome begins with a beautiful drive to see amazing city sights. We arrive at one of our favorite restaurants, where you'll enjoy a warm welcome and delicious dinner of local cuisine with drinks and music.
Adult Price: € 62


Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We visit the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, where you’ll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist. This optional involves reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel this optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: € 47

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

Join us for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will enjoy a meal at a charming restaurant where a selection of regional favorites is served, accompanied by a selection of local wines and live music. A truly unforgettable experience, with an atmosphere that is the essence of all things Tuscan.
Adult Price: € 65


Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner

Tonight we’ll enjoy a tasty Swiss meal, including the famous Swiss cheese fondue, in a typical restaurant. While enjoying dinner, you can also join in a lively folklore show which includes yodeling, flag-throwing and Alpine horn-blowing. Two drinks are also included. Occasionally, this optional may be offered as a Lunch for 68 CHF.
Adult Price: 99 CHF

Mount Pilatus And Lake Cruise

We’ll ascend by cog-wheel train to Mount Pilatus’ summit, where you’ll have time to explore, admire the views, and breathe the pure air. Then, we’ll descent by cable-car to enjoy a scenic lake cruise. On certain departures, this Optional may be operated in reverse.
Adult Price: 112 CHF

Swiss Countryside & Carriages

A chance to get to know the Swiss, you’ll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse-drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning scenery as we trot around a typical rural community, en route to a farm where you’ll savor local drinks and snacks. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Adult Price: 67 CHF


Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

Enjoy dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world-famous Moulin Rouge – the original Paris cabaret. Immortalized by the award-winning film of the same name, this Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!
Adult Price: € 165

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

One of the oldest and most elegant revue theatres in Paris, Nouvelle Eve is a hidden gem, where you’ll meet the Director and two of the cast members before enjoying a four-course dinner with wine. You will then experience unparalleled Parisian entertainment – including the world-famous Can-Can.
Adult Price: € 139

Montparnasse and Napoleon's Tomb

Take the fastest elevator in Europe to the Panoramic Observation Deck for unbeatable views of the Eiffel Tower and all of the city’s iconic monuments. The highest rooftop terrace in Paris offers a breath-taking 360-degree view, with all of Paris at your feet! We’ll also visit the Dôme des Invalides with our Local Specialist to see Napoleon’s final resting place.
Adult Price: € 51

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb 'City of Light' on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterward, as we drive through this amazing city, we’ll stop at some vantage points for you to capture the fascinating sights on camera. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.
Adult Price: € 38

Independent Reviews
Nancy Fuhro
Monday, September 25, 2017
I loved the tour guide from Trafalgar and all the optional tours which were well worth the money!
This was a fantastic tour of Europe which served as a good introduction for a first time visit and future trip to Europe.
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